How will you know when you have reached your goal?

Goal setting is an essential part of an outcome-driven Agile environment – but how will you know when you have reached your goal?

An often overlooked element of goal setting is the “definition of done” – which you need to answer the question “Are we there yet?”

In Agile this translates in part to defining useful and realistic Acceptance Criteria at the Epic level as well as how that decomposes into User Stories and their Acceptance Criteria.

When defining an Epic or high-level desired outcome it is worth asking these questions which will help you facilitate the above:

What do you want?

What is your desired outcome?

If you got it, what would you have?

How will you know when you have reached your goal?

What does success for this goal look like?